Joint Media Release, Prime Minister, Minister for Community Services, Assistant Treasurer, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, 10 August 2011
The Gillard Labor Government announced that it will start work immediately with states and territories on measures that will build the foundations for a National Disability Insurance Scheme, following the release of the Productivity Commission’s final report into the matter.
The Government asked the Productivity Commission to examine reform of disability support services because we believe that the system we have today is not delivering the kind of care and support Australians expect for people with disability.
The main recommendations of the Productivity Commission are:
· A National Disability Insurance Scheme should be created to provide all Australians with insurance for the costs of support if they or a family member acquire a disability. The scheme will provide individually tailored care and support to around 410 000 people with significant disabilities.
· A National Injury Insurance Scheme should be created to provide no fault insurance for anyone who suffers a catastrophic injury.
The Productivity Commission’s report finds that it would take at least seven years to transform disability services.
The Australian Government supports the Productivity Commission’s vision for a system that provides individuals with the support they need over the course of their lifetime, and wants reform of disability services that is financially sustainable.
In line with the Productivity Commission’s recommendations, the Government, with the States and Territories, will start work immediately on building the foundations for reform. We will:
· Deliver an immediate, additional $10 million, consistent with the PC recommendations, to support this technical policy work;
· Move to establish a COAG Select Council of Ministers from the Commonwealth, States and Territories to lead reform in this area at COAG next month;
· Take steps to establish an Advisory Group to the Select Council, led by Dr Jeff Harmer, to provide expert advice on delivering the foundations for reform and preparation for launch.
Read the full article and the outline for future policy work at Productivity Commission's Final Report into Disability Care and Support.